MENOPAUSE

MENOPAUSE 

Deirdre Robb’s current project ‘MENOPAUSE’ relates to of the process of entering menopause.

This work reveals both the emotional and physical changes that reflect the withdrawal symptoms of estrogen from a woman’s body.

Artworks include sculptures, Installations, photography, drawings, video and performance work. Contained within the artworks are visual representations of transitions relating to the body, as well as documenting pain, tension and beauty.

The works are intended to create dialogue with both men and women about the effects that menopause can have on a woman’s life.

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Menopause test room installation  Engine Room Portvie

 

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Menopause Test Install open space -projection onto back wall

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Interaction of audience in Menopause

Experimental works

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PAUSAL_PERFORMANCE_DEIRDRE_ROBB

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Pausal Proclamation performance Livestock, Dublin

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Tension_Deirdre_Robb

Tension drawing series  relates to the frustration and tension experienced through the rush of hormones that can infuse your body when going through the menopause . The lack of knowledge and understanding of what happening to your body, coupled with physical tensions in your breasts stomach, hands and feet makes it a frustrating and intimidating experience. 

Deirdre Robb

Robb exhibited some of her sculptural works from the menopause series  in a pop-up exhibition space called DEGREES OF SEPARATION that was a showcase exhibition hosted by Creative Exchange Artist Studios as part of the Eastside Arts Festival 2015.

Exhibiting alongside  Deirdre were artists Stephen Millar, Lesley Cherry, Ruth Gonsalves-Moore, Ray Duncan, David Fox, Paul Moore, Heather Wilson, Alice Clarke, Ciara O’Malley & George Robb.

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Loss_Deirdre_Robb

Barriers_Barbed_Wire_Installation_Deirdre_Robb

Barriers_Barbed_Wire_Installation_Deirdre_Robb

Hair loss and menopause

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Loss

Suffering from hair loss can be a disheartening and upsetting experience for most women. Unfortunately, during the menopause it can often occur due to plummeting levels of oestrogen and an increase in testosterone.

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Deirdre  participated in a four man show ‘Home” in Creative Exchange Artist Studios  for their annual summer exhibition 2015.  Lesley Cherry, curator of the exhibition commissioned Robb to create a new installation.

“A mother is at the heart of the home and it is no wonder as, our first home even before we are born is the mother’s womb. A womb for a woman is what makes her special. If she is privileged to conceive, her womb automatically nurtures and protects the unborn. However, in general terms, it also has a significant impact on a woman’s life from her 1st menstruation, monthly cycles , childbirth(or not), right through to her menopause. Emulating form the womb, tension, pain and blood are also large features that impact on women lives and it is a combination of these that has inspired this installation”.

Deirdre Robb

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Womb_Home_InstallationDeirdre_Robb

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Degrees_of_Seperation

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Protection_Deirdre_Robb

 

 

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The_Silent_Pain _Of _Oppression_Deirdre_Robb

Robb’s artwork the Silent Pain of Oppression sculpture installation was selected to take part of the Passion For Freedom Festival in London 2014.

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Green_Red_Blue?_The_Blood_that_Runs_Through_My_Viens

Robb’s causal billboard creation was located at 165 Newtownards Road, Belfast. The billboard was part of Creative Exchange  Art in the Eastside project that took part in the Ulster Bank Festival At Queen’s  20th october – 4th November 2014. This sculptural work examines perceptions of cultural identity and is connected to conflict and femininity.

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Blood_installation_Deirdre_Robb

 

 Pause thematic works based on female menopause.

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Experimental sculptural work by Deirdre Robb. One of the Pause thematic works based on female menopause.

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Disappearing_World_DEIRDRE_ROBB

Experimental sculptural work by Deirdre Robb. One of the Pause thematic works based on female menopause.

Horn_of_Plenty_DEIRDRE ROBB

Horn_of_Plenty_DEIRDRE ROBB

Text based artworks   by Deirdre Robb. One of the Pause thematic works based on female menopause. Robb has captured the inner thoughts of various experiences when going through the menopause. the works are semi-sculptural and biographical.

Sex_in_the_City_Deirdre _Robb

Sex_in_the_City_Deirdre _Robb

Change_is_A_Lonley_Experience_Deirdre_Robb

Change_is_A_Lonley_Experience_Deirdre_Robb

 

 

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